François-Hubert Drouais (French, 1727–1775)
Oil on canvas
31 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (80 x 64.8 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.210)
In 1745, Mademoiselle Duronceray, a much admired singer, dancer, and comedienne, married Charles Simon Favart (17101792) , the father of French comic opera. Among her best known roles was that of the peasant Lurine in The Loves of Bastien and Bastienne, 1753, in which she inspired a revolution in theatrical costume by wearing authentic peasant dress. Drouais' elegant secular portrait recalls traditional representations of Saint Celilia, patron saint of music.